Here’s a barn find 1957 Corvette in better shape than some.
The previous owner, who’s owned the car for 37 years, stored the car correctly in a dry garage for the past 25 or so years, and this video shows that his efforts paid off. While it’s not in show condition, this ‘Vette looks pretty good for a non-restored 61-year-old car.
Gary Uftring of Uftring Chevrolet found the car outside of Mapleton, Illinois and is offering the car on eBay through Saturday. Four bids have climbed to $25,600 so far.
One negative is that it’s not a matching numbers car, but the master technician appears to have the replacement 1966-67 283-cubic-inch motor running strong as witnessed in this video. It has an aluminum intake with period correct 2×4 barrel Carter carbs, and the car has been fitted with a Borg Warner T10 4-speed manual with a Hurst shifter.
Once the car was pulled out of its “sleeping quarters,” the master tech changed the oil, tuned it up, cleaned the carburetors, adjusted the points, and replaced the wheel cylinders and brake line extensions so this Corvette now runs and stops.
Body-wise, the trunk lid has been replaced with one from a fuel injection car, and the frame needs repair as seen in pictures. But the top is said to be in good shape.
It’s believed the original paint has been covered over with a new coat at some point in the past, and today it does have some checking and chips, especially on the front and rear.
You’ll also notice that the seller hasn’t washed the years of dirt off the car since buying it, leaving that task for the new owner to enjoy doing.
“We got it running, driving, and stopping for the next owner,” the seller says. “This Vette wouldn’t take much to make a great driver. Overall this class is in great shape for its age!”